Service: Field of Remembrance (War Widows Guild)

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 at 11:00 am

field-of-remembranceOn Friday 22 April 2016 at 11am, the 21st Annual Dedication Service will be held at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart under the auspices of the War Widow’s Guild of Australia Tasmanian Branch Inc for a Field of Remembrance.

This will be a major emotional event attended by the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honorable Kate Warner AM, the Lord Mayor, other dignitaries, senior Defence Officers in full uniform, members of the ex-service community and the Department of Veterans’Affairs.

All members of the public are cordially invited to attend and a special invitation is extended to ex-service personnel.  After placing of the official crosses, the Field is then open to members of the public to the place small wooden crosses.  These crosses have been made for the Guild and are available from a kiosk near the Field and attended by Guild members.  This kiosk will be open following the service.  Funds raised go towards funding the annual War Widows’Guild of Australia Tasmanian Branch Bursary at the University of Tasmania.

On ANZAC Day, the crosses will be placed at the Hobart Cenotaph where they will form an integral part of the ANZAC Day commemorations.


The Field of Remembrance model adopted by the Tasmanian Branch has been modeled on the concept of Mrs CJ Pope, widow of Rear Admiral Pope RAN.  In 1952 Mrs Pope, assisted by the War Widows’Guild, organised the first Field in the grounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney by courtesy of the Cathedral Chapter, and with the encouragement of the Dean, The Very Reverend Dr S Barton Babbage.  Similar Field of Remembrance Services are held in other Australia States under the auspices of the War Widows’ Guild of Australia.

For further information, please contact The War Widows’ Guild on 03 6234 8910 or by email at

Service: International Workers Memorial Day

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

ohs_images_canary_badgeInternational Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually around the world on April 28, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

In 2016, together with Unions Tasmania, St. David’s Cathedral is hosting a service to mark the Day.  It will be held at 5:30pm on April 28.

Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. The slogan for the day is Remember the dead – Fight for the living.

Workers’ Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in 1984. April 28 is recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as International Workers’ Memorial Day.

  • According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), across the world:
  • Each year, more than two million men and women die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases
  • Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of -related illnesses
    Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives
  • One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day. More people die whilst at work than those fighting wars.

Service: Port Arthur 20th Anniversary

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Port arthur memorialThis Thursday marks 20 years since the tragic events which continue to impact many people.  Working out appropriate responses as a community and a Cathedral has been difficult with widely different opinions, with many impacted not wanting any kind of service, or memorial

As the location of significant community services 20 years ago we have sought to provide a number of different opportunities for people to reflect privately or gather with others.

8.30am Morning Prayer in the Hope Chapel with lighting of Candles.

10.30am Book of Common Prayer Communion Service in the Nixon Chapel

12noon Tolling of the Cathedral Bells

12.30 Broadcast of the Memorial Service from Port Arthur followed by prayers.

5pm Evening Prayer in the Hope Chapel.

Cathedral staff will be on hand all day for those who need prayer.

Resources for pray for the day are available here